Skip to main content

Full text of "Long Lance"

See other formats


the field and searched it for all the Crow blankets
we could find; for though it was still early spring,
we were not prepared for this* Our men rushed
down to the river-bank and found all of the
blankets of the Crows who had escaped. They
had piled their blankets and buffalo robes on the
river-bank and swum across, evidently intending
to return and get them. We took these and
others from the dead Crows.

When we started off a lot of Crow horses, rider-
less and with their bridle-reins dangling in front
of them, came up to us through the howling dark-
ness and followed us like dogs in the blizzard. A
few moments before they had been wild, kicking
broncos. Now, awed by the screeching elements,
they sought human contact rather than face the
blizzard alone. When our braves went up to
them to remove their Indian bridles, so that they
could join our herd without stumbling and break-
ing their necks, they stopped dead still and pushed
their bodies back on stiff, trembling legs, and
stood, wild-eyed but trustful, while our men
gently removed their rawhide bridles and grass-
mat saddles. Then they kicked up their heels
and whinnied and joined our own herd.

We wound all of our heavy robes and blankets
around us and faced the blizzard as White Dog
had told us to. He said that it was the belated
storm which he asked for in Ms 'Snow Dance",